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Poster: Rick Prelinger Date: Apr 14, 2004 1:49pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: please think before trashing films

I don't know what the star ratings really mean anyway. For an ephemeral film, what are we rating? Humor? Excellence in presentation? Historical value? If I'm a railroad buff, I'll rate a film highly if it contains valuable historical imagery. If I'm a telephone history phreak, I'll give "Nation At Your Fingertips" 5 stars and Perversion for Profit 1. I collect films-as-evidence, not simply films-as-entertainment, and since films with evidentiary value are sometimes entertaining and entertaining films sometimes evidentiary, I don't really know what it means to rate something high or low. So anyway...forgive me if I'm not expressing myself clearly, but I don't like having to rate a film in order to annotate or comment on it. Just my 2 cents, as people say on the Internet.

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Poster: GersonK Date: Apr 15, 2004 2:48am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: please think before trashing films

I definitely agree that the 'all annotations in the form of review with a rating' system is frustrating. In addition to the difficulty of adding a number value to a review, a lot times I want to add a comment to movie without reviewing it (eg, add or ask for a simple bit of information, respond to something a reviewer said, discuss issues the movie raises).

Sometimes I think giving each movie its own forum like this one would be a nice solution to this sort of non-review annotation. However, I suspect at the least this would require more time to set up than the archive can afford.

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Apr 16, 2004 2:06pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: please think before trashing films

> I don't know what the star ratings
> really mean anyway. For an ephemeral
> film, what are we rating? Humor?
> Excellence in presentation? Historical
> value? If I'm a railroad buff, I'll
> rate a film highly if it contains valuable
> historical imagery.

Good point. On some level, everything in the Medicus collection of 1939 World's Fair films is five stars for me, but I'm an amusement park and World's Fair buff. The stars, in my case, are usually just an indicator of how excited I was because of some oddball detail.

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Poster: cashel Date: Apr 16, 2004 7:31pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: please think before trashing films

I agree with your statement

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Apr 17, 2004 5:34am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: please think before trashing films

Well, maybe I was wrong, then.

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Poster: summerseve Date: Apr 19, 2004 7:14pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: please think before trashing films

Ridetheory, you are cracking me up left and right! Please keep it up.

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Poster: lumberjackvegetable Date: Apr 21, 2004 12:41am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: please think before trashing films

This whole discussion has been very entertaining...very rarely on the web can you find intelligent discussions.

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Poster: cashel Date: Apr 19, 2004 8:08pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: please think before trashing films

Trafalgar if you want some real laughs read ridetheory,s remarks about your great film ..jack

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Poster: Spuzz Date: Apr 20, 2004 5:36am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: please think before trashing films

If you think it was so great, then why did you give it only 1 star?

Oh, I forgot, we really shouldn't pay much attention to the star system...

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Poster: cashel Date: Apr 20, 2004 7:08am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: please think before trashing films

I have CEASED communication on this post. For serious discussion, refer to my later post" prelinger films for democracy....", but I will only consider relevant matters jack